Kansas Humane Society seeing record breaking numbers for dogs and cats

Dog at Humane Society

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WICHITA, Kansas — The Kansas Humane Society is hit with record breaking numbers after having to find hundreds of dogs and cats a new place to call home.

The challenge is causing them to lose money that they don’t have.

You can find rabbits, cats, and dogs at the Kansas Humane Society.

“As long as we can rescue one we would be happy about that,” said Steve Lockard, looking to adopt a dog for his family.

It was a standing room at the Kansas Humane Society Saturday afternoon as dozens of people wait for their turn to adopt a new pet.

“We didn’t know it was this busy, but it’s crazy busy,” said Lockard. “They’re having this special for $25 instead of $150.”

The discount is part of a growing effort from the Kansas Humane Society to find these animals a new home because they’re seeing numbers they have never seen before.

“We have seen record intake numbers for July and August,” said Jennifer Campbell, communications director for Kansas Humane Society. “We took in 1,700 animals in the last two months. September is looking to be the same thing and that’s huge for us.”

Providing services and care for the dogs and cats have cost them more than they can afford.

Campbell tells KSN News the non-profit is losing around $30,000 in revenue each month.

“Our resources are really stretched. Not only with staffing and facility, but also financially,” said Campbell. “You know doing an event like this it’s great because it saves so many animals lives, but that does impact us.”

The Humane Society works with 150 rescue groups across the country in hopes to find these homeless pets a permanent home, but the outcome has been the same.

“We have worked with a transfer group in Kansas City and we transferred about 100 kittens up there this summer,” said Campbell. “But there’s just not a lot of resources because unfortunately a lot of shelters are facing the same challenges that we are.”

Cats have been their biggest challenge this summer.

The feline animal is driving up the shelter’s population even with adult cats being free to take home.

“We got our cat from an adoption place,” said Lockard. “People rescuing animals are just fantastic. It’s great to see all these people here.”

Adoption fees for dogs will be $25, fees for kittens dropped to $9 while adopting an adult cat will be free.

For more information on how to adopt or help please call (316) 524-9196 or visit http://www.kshumane.org/.

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